Terrestrial Biodiversity

TerrestialBiodiversitySWCC’s overall objective is:

To contribute substantially to the understanding, conservation and protection of targeted biodiversity assets in the South West NRM region so as to ensure that ecosystems of the region remain healthy and productive, and are managed holistically in order to maintain their full range of ecosystem services.

The following Overall Outcome Indicators were developed to test whether or not this objective has been achieved:

  • By 2020, no known terrestrial plant or animal species or community becomes extinct in the region if conservation action is being undertaken.
  • The coverage and condition of native vegetation within the region remains the same or has been expanded or improved in the period to 2020.
  • A management plan has been drawn up and is being implemented for at least one representative landscape in each of the six IBRA sub-regions represented in the region in the period to 2020.
  • Terrestrial invasive pest species and diseases identified as being significant at national and/or State levels are managed or controlled in accordance with relevant management/control plans in the period up to 2020.
  • Community awareness about the issues impacting on terrestrial biodiversity continually increases in the period up to 2020.
  • By 2020, the effects of climate variability on terrestrial species are better understood, with adaptation and/or mitigation strategies developed to deal with these effects on priority species and ecosystems.
  • Landscape-scale projects that improve landscape connectivity and ecosystem resilience and are associated with priority assets while securing quality habitat and refugia are being implemented in all sub-regions in the period to 2020.

In order to achieve the objective, SWCC and its partners will work towards achieving the following management outcomes:

  • Appropriate management programs are being implemented for all targeted terrestrial species and ecological communities in the South West region that are either representative and/or endangered.
  • Biodiversity conservation work in the South West NRM region is underpinned by comprehensive knowledge systems (inventories of, and management plans for, terrestrial species and ecological communities).
  • The South West community is aware of the key threats to, and supports action to mitigate their effects on, the region’s priority terrestrial biodiversity assets.
  • SWCC, its partners and the broader NRM community have developed and implemented appropriate management policies and strategies into their day-to-day operations to deal with the effects of climate variability on biodiversity assets of the SW region.
  • Appropriate management programs are being implemented for all targeted ecological communities in the South West region that have been identified as providing key landscape-scale ecosystem services.

A range of indicators have been developed to test whether or not these management outcomes have been achieved. These are presented in the Project Planning Matrices (PPMs) which can be found here.

Priority sites for management action

For the purposes of SWCC’s strategy, a range of priority terrestrial biodiversity assets have been identified that are subject to manageable high and/or low threat(s), as confirmed by technical experts consulted during the review.

If you think there are sites that should be included as priorities below, or that there are reasons for any of the sites below not to be included, we would love to hear your feedback. You can comment on each of the project pages by clicking on the thumbnail pictures below or provide general feedback here.

The working group also identified the key threats to these sites, which were confirmed through the community consultation process in 2011 (Christensen & MacMahon 2012) and again in 2014 (Thinkscape 2014). The most appropriate management actions to deal with these threats were also delineated (Christensen & MacMahon 2012). These are described in a state and transition model for the aquatic biodiversity theme area, found here.



Image by Tim Swallow.